3 Players the Bears Must Target With the No. 9 Pick

The Bears have the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, but they also hold the ninth pick and there is much more debate over who they should select in that spot.
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Thanks to the trade Ryan Poles pulled off last year with the Carolina Panthers, the Bears once again hold the number one overall pick in this year's draft. However, they also have their own selection in the top 10 - ninth overall. A decision obviously needs to be made on the quarterback position, but many believe the Bears will move on from Fields and select someone with their first pick.

With the first pick likely being settled, the attention moves to their next selection at number nine. There will still be plenty of talent on the board for Poles and company to break down, or even possibly trade back if they are not entirely in love with someone. If available, however, it will be tough to pass on these three players.

1. Rome Odunze - WR, Washington

If Marvin Harrison Jr. were not in this draft, it is likely that we would be discussing Odunze as the top receiver in the class. He has the ideal size and strength you look for in a true WR at 6'3 215 lbs. He has contested catch ability like no one else in the class apart from Harrison Jr.

This was on full display this season where he caught 87 balls for 1,553 yards and 13 touchdowns. It is not just the 50/50 balls that make him so dangerous, however. Odunze is a polished route-runner who gets in and out of his breaks with ease for a guy that size.

He won't run in the sub 4.3s, but what he lacks in straight-line speed, he makes up for in quickness and change of direction. As we touched on earlier, it is becoming more and more apparent that the Bears will be selecting a quarterback in the draft. The best thing you can do for a rookie quarterback is give him a guy who you can just throw it up to and let him make a play.

That is precisely what you are getting with Odunze. Pairing him with D.J. Moore would create a nightmare situation for opposing defenses with Moore's YAC potential and intermediate route running to go along with Odunze's ability to win jump balls in single coverage. A Bears offense with Caleb Williams, D.J. Moore, Odunze, and Cole Kmet has serious potential.